Maie Casey's Funeral
Dulcie Holyock Room, Ground Floor
When author, artist, aviator and political spouse Maie Casey (1891-1983) died in 1983, more than her body was buried. She was physically interred at Macedon with her late husband, the diplomat, politician and vice-regal representative Richard 'Dick' Casey (1890-1976), and a memorial service was held at Christ Church, South Yarra, on Australia Day 1983. The memorial service, shaped by Dick's devoted longtime secretary Connie Hauser, was a crucial act in the erasure of the intimate history of another of Maie's relationships nearly as durable as her half century-long marriage to Casey. Hauser's impact on the Casey historiography is considered in this seminar.
This is part of the inter-university Melbourne Feminist History Group seminar series.
Dr Chris Wallace , Research Fellow (ARC DECRA) National Centre of Biography, School of History
Dr Chris Wallace
Research Fellow (ARC DECRA) National Centre of Biography, School of History
Dr C. S. (Chris) Wallace is an ARC DECRA Fellow at the National Centre of Biography, School of History, Australian National University, Canberra. Her doctoral thesis was on political biography as political intervention. Chris's research interests focus on leadership, gender, biography, creativity and what makes polities functional, with an emphasis on 20th century and contemporary politics and culture. Her postdoctoral fellowship research focuses on Anglosphere diplomacy in Washington 194042. Prior to joining the academy, Chris was a journalist in the Canberra Press Gallery where she covered politics and economics for print and electronic media outlets with a policy focus. During this time she wrote biographies of Germaine Greer and Don Bradman.